Senior Policy Advisor

Expertise: Family planning; knowledge management; policy communications; population, health, and environment; research utilization; social and behavior change

Rachel Yavinsky is a senior policy advisor in International Programs. Since 2019, she has been seconded to Population Council as Research Utilization and Knowledge Management Team Lead on Breakthrough RESEARCH, a USAID-funded social and behavior change research project. Her focus is on facilitating the sharing of information between research, practice, and policy through clear messages and innovative products. She has worked on topics including social and behavior change, family planning, maternal health, and population, health, and environment (PHE). Previously, Rachel managed PRB’s Policy Communication Fellows program. Rachel has a Master of Health Science in reproductive and perinatal health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology and anatomy from Duke University.